Photographer Stephen Gill's Hinterland is on view now at the Kirkleatham Museum. The term ‘hinterland’ refers to the land or district behind the coast or the shoreline of a river but can also refer to the area around a city or town.
This exhibition brings together a selection of specially commissioned photographs from three projects previously shown at Dorman Museum, Python Gallery and Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet as part of the Transporter centenary celebrations in Middlesbrough in 2011.
Corus Coke Works
Taken at night, the images on show here, rich in colour and eerily empty, explore spaces within the normally restricted plant at Redcar which houses the coke ovens and furnaces. The photographs are part of a continuing larger project which explores aspects of Teesside’s heavy industrial heritage
The images, shown in grid formation, focus on the river, the bridge structure and the immediate environment. Produced in winter and using traditional techniques; shot on slow negative film and printed on fibre-based paper, the photographs resemble archive images whilst referencing the present.
These images investigate how the space in and around the bridge was used in the past, how it is being used now and how it could be used in the future. Taking the viewer on a journey through public and private, familiar and unfamiliar transit areas, roads and pathways to and from the bridge, the images focus on the often overlooked spaces on both sides of the river and encourage a re-examination of this hinterland.
Originally from Teesside, Stephen now lives in Nottingham but retains a strong connection with the area he grew up in. He specialises in photographing architectural space and has exhibited across the UK and Europe including The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; CCCB, Barcelona and Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam.
Stephen Gill, Hinterland, Photographs Kirkleatham Museum, 7 July- 23 September 2012. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. All photographs are for sale, please ask at reception for details.